Colonial Courts
Bibliography and Sources



Courts in Colonial Virginia

Duties of the Local Courts

Local Court Procedures and Personnel

Colonial Punishments

Court Architecture & Democracy

Order in the Court Web Adventure

18th C. Legal Terms


Mock Trial of Abigail Briggs

Order in the Court Teacher Guide

Other Classroom Activities

Alcock, John P. "What Genealogists Should Know about 18th Century Virginia Law" in 18th Century Virginia Law. Friends of the Virginia State Archives. Speech presented November 17, 1999.

Buffardi, Harry C. “Sheriffs in the Chesapeake Counties” in The History of the Office of Sheriff, Chapter 8, 1998.

"Church vs State: Historical Background -An Electronic Field Trip? in Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and PBS Teacher Resource Service."

"Colonial Williamsburg" in City of Williamsburg Virginia.

Courthouse in Almanacks, Places and Historic Buildings. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 2002.

Gill, Harold B. “Williamsburg and the Demimonde: Disorderly Houses, the Blue Bell, and Certain Hints of Harlotry” in Colonial Williamsburg: The Journal of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Autumn 2001.

Isaac, Rhys. The Transformation of Virginia 1740-1790. University of North Carolina Press, 1982.

Langley, Jennifer, Michael Munger, Kenneth Litteral, and Stephen Camper. “Law” in Colonial America, 1607-1783. University of North Carolina at Pembroke 2001.

Olmert, Michael. “Court Is Now in Session, The” in Colonial Williamsburg: The Journal of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Summer 1991, pp. 8-15.

Olmert, Michael. “ Market Square” in Official Guide to Colonial Williamsburg. Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1998. pp. 39-40.

Olson-Raymer, Gayle. “The Evolving Colonial Criminal Justice System.” CSU Humboldt.

Roe, Melissa. Differential Tolerances and Accepted Punishments for Disobedient Indentured Servants and Their Masters in Colonial Courts. Lafayette College, n.d.

“Trial of Abigail Briggs, The.” Colonial Williamsburg Department of School and Group Services.